Transition Skills Program

We are pleased to launch our Transition Skills program starting January 2019!

The program focuses on the basics of learning and learning disabilities, an exploration of study skills and tips for success. 

Designed specifically for students in grades 6 to 12 as they begin preparing and adapting to the choices and challenges of high school – building self-awareness, how to express ideas and follow directions, and become a self-advocate in the learning process.

This program is offered in two formats, depending on the age of the participant:

  • Group Session (for students grades 6, 7, 8) –  Saturday mornings, 1 hour per week for 4 weeks
  • Individual Sessions (for high school students grades 9 to 12) – weekday evenings, one hour per week for 3 weeks

Students will develop skills in: 

  • Identifying their own Strengths & Needs
  • Learning styles and understanding of own Learning Disability and / or ADHD
  • Strategies for organizational and time management skills
  • Building study skills and exam preparation
  • Self-advocacy skills and social skills
  • Transitioning into the workplace, college or university
  • Pre-employment and job skills

This Program is built off a framework designed by LDAO (Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario), called “SOAR” or “Some Assembly Required”. 

Course Outline and Key Outcomes – The course work is divided into three main sections: 

Section 1 – My Learning Style: Looks at how people learn, and how students choose their academic focuses through their learning styles, interests, and abilities. It explains how a learning disability interferes with learning, and what can be done to help. It also presents a model for considering approaches to problems.

Section 2 – Skills for Success: Breaks down school tasks into three areas (daily work, studying and tests, and projects and assignments) and explains how students can approach each area. Students are asked to complete a short presentation project as practice.

Section 3 – Making Choices for the Future: Prepares students for the changes and choices that will come in high school, including strategies for staying organized and on top of schoolwork, discusses Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and accommodations. Different career paths are also discussed, and a list of resources gives students, caregivers, and teachers a guide for further exploration of these issues.

Diagnosis of a Learning Disability is not required for participation in this program, however, in the event enrollment exceeds our class maximum, priority will be given to students with a diagnosed LD.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Group Session (for students grades 6, 7, 8) –  Saturdays from January 12th to Feb 2nd (10am to 11am)
  • Individual Sessions (for high school students grades 9 to 12) – choose from Monday 6pm OR Monday 7pm OR Wednesday 7pm; weekly 1 hour sessions begin Jan 14th through 30th

Location: Rotary Youth Centre, 560 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, L7R 3M4

Fee:  There is no cost to participate in this program

UPDATE!!   Due to the high demand for this program, an upcoming session will be scheduled. Please add your student to the waiting list in order to receive direct information on the upcoming dates.

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